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At Evangel University, learning occurs both in and outside the classroom. We are better able to impact the world for God when we integrate our Christian faith with our fields of study and develop mature lifestyles that glorify our Creator. As a body of believers, the Evangel community encourages the development of each individual so that everyone understands and uses his or her unique, God-given gifts and abilities.
Student Development partners with students toward holistic development to engage in Christ-centered living.
At Evangel, students living in the residence halls have the opportunity to learn about themselves, develop relationshipsn with others, and build a sense of community that can be life changing. The informal interactions, along with intentional programming and activities, complement academic learning to impact personal development. In the residence halls, faith, learning, and living affect every aspect of student life.
We treat each student as a whole person, understanding that when students struggle or thrive in one area, it impacts other areas. We seek to connect students with resources and to provide opportunities toi help each person move forward in their journey towards who God is calling them to be.
Specifically, living in an Evangel residence hall provides a unique experience to interact with and value students of diverse personalities, interests, and cultural backgrounds. Through a lens of care and respect, we help students grow and learn as they build friendships with people who are different from themselves. The Residence Life staff, a highly-qualified and carefully-selected group of professionals (Residence Directors) and students (Resident Assistants), is genuinely committed to helping resident students reap the greatest benefits from living in a residence hall.
Because of the educational and social values gained through Residence Life programs and the opportunities for participation in campus life, all unmarried students under the age of 23 who are not living with their parents, grandparents, or legal guardians are required to live in the residence halls if they are enrolled for 10 credit hours or more. Off-campus housing criteria may be viewed at https://www.evangel.edu/life-at-evangel-home/residential-and-commuter-students-on-and-off-campus-housing/ or requested from the Housing Director (Ext. 7335).
At EU, commuter students are an integral part of the University community. This officially-recognized group has its own Commuter Advisory Council advised by the Commuter Director. For single and married students who live off campus, the Council provides activities, including commuter luncheons, social activities, alternate chapel services and intramural sports. Between classes, commuters may enjoy the commuter lounge in the Joust Fireside Room. Commuter lockers are located on the first floor of Cantrell Student Union.
The University provides a limited number of housing accommodations for students who qualify to live off campus, including apartments, duplexes and single-family homes. Contact the Housing Office (417-865-2815x7852) for information about rental properties or click on this link to complete the Rental Housing Application.
“Be still and know that I am God.” The words of the Psalmist remind us of the importance of taking time to reflect upon the person of God. At Evangel, we are committed to offering space for spiritual growth. We know that in a Christian university, with the pressures and demands of academics and community living, the danger is to study about God without really knowing Him. With this in mind, all members of the community are encouraged to set a time daily to seek God and find guidance and renewal in Him. The Spiritual Life Office is located at the north end of the chapel, and our campus pastor is available for personal prayer.
There are many opportunities for spiritual growth, through chapel, discipleship, coursework, and outreach. Chapel services, a vital part of campus life for both resident and commuter students, provide times for praise and worship, instruction, edification, and prayer. Attendance is required. Details published in the Student Handbook.. Student discipleship administrators and leaders facilitate devotional opportunities in the residence halls, for athletic teams, for commuters, etc, offering prayer, spiritual support, and weekly “devos” to students throughout the school year. Faculty and staff are deeply committed to mentoring and teaching as they help students connect their callings with education in pursuit of a Christ-centered life. Finally, we believe that we are most like Jesus as we serve the needs of others. Evangel encourages students to be involved in local churches, as well as in outreach, missions, and service through CROSSwalk, Global Connections, Center for Compassion, departmental service trips and volunteering, music performance groups, and other ministry involvements.
Involvement in clubs and organizations enrich students’ lives by developing leadership skills, supporting causes, joining others with similar interests, and contributing to the campus experience. Evangel students have over 40 options for on-campus involvement, including student government, CROSSwalk student ministries, departmental clubs, honor societies, interest groups, culturally diverse clubs, student media, and performing groups.
Events and activities are an integral part of the University calendar. These include nationally-known speakers, musicians, drama groups, lecturers, faculty and student music recitals, theatrical productions, and all-campus activities.
Intercollegiate sports at EU offer opportunities for both men and women athletes. Evangel fields intercollegiate sports teams for men in football, basketball, baseball, track and field, cross-country, golf, and soccer. Women enjoy volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, cross-country, tennis, golf, and soccer.
Apart from intercollegiate athletics, on-campus and commuter students participate in an active intramural sports program with games in flag football, basketball, and volleyball. Other sports are played in tournament formats according to interest and time availability.
Students interested in musical performance at Evangel may participate in a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles, including Marching Band, University Band, University Chorus, University Orchestra, University Chorale, Concert Orchestra, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Handbell Choir, Worship Teams, and other small ensembles. Some groups do require auditions. Additional information is available in the Music Department.
The Center for Student Success brings together key areas that support students in their educational pursuits by embracing each student's uniqueness, maximizing strategies, and collaborating for solutions. Included in the Center for Student Success are Career Services, Student Retention, Academic Support, University Seminar and Leadership Development.
The Career Services goal is to help students throughout their career development, from defining God-given talents, identifying and developing skills, to exploring majors and careers, and pursuing vocational callings. Through programs, presentations, workshops, and services, we strive to meet the professional development and employment needs of students and graduates.
On- and Off-Campus Job Oportunities: An online jobs database and a job bulletin board are maintained by Career Services so students may explore part-time, full-time, internship, and volunteer opportunities.
The Office of Retention's goal is to assist students who are facing potential challenges that could impact their ability to complete their educational goals. Working together with the student and others on campus, obstacles are identified and plans put into place to help the student overcome these challenges.
The goal of Academic Support is to improve and enhance the success of students at all levels, including academic preparation. Services provided include:
Disability Accommodations: Evangel University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who qualify for accommodations are required to have appropriate testing and documentation on file with the Center for Student Success. Students with disabilities are assisted so that they may have equal access to all Evangel services, classes, and events.
The Founders Bookstore located in the Cantrell Student Union makes available texts and other books, Bibles, music, University logo gifts and apparel, greeting cards, school and art supplies, electronics and snacks.
The Conference Services Department facilitates educational and learning opportunities for students by assisting in the coordination of internal and external campus events and, thereby, creating a revenue stream that will serve to support Evangel’s mission and goals. Conference Services provides support services, facilities, and equipment to enhance the quality of university life and support the educational experience.
The EU e-mail system serves as the principal means of communication between faculty, staff, administration, and students for assignments, registration materials, announcements, etc. Students are responsible to check their EU e-mail accounts daily and are accountable for any and all official communication of administrative policies, faculty instructions, and campus information sent via the system. Mass e-mail distributions should be used only for vital information.
Evangel provides excellent food service for students and employees in the Crusader Hall dining area in the Cantrell Student Union through Aladdin Food Service, a professional food service provider which serves many universities nationally. Aladdin serves a variety of entrees, sandwiches, soups, fresh fruits, breads, beverages, and desserts. Each residence hall student is required to purchase one of the available meal plans (10, 15, or 20 meals per week). Commuter students and those who are meal-plan exempt may pay cash or purchase block meal plans.
The Information Technologies department provides computer labs for student use. Wired internet is provided in all residence hall rooms while wireless is provided in most public areas across campus. Information Technologies' goal is to provide students with the most current technology and the necessary resources to compete in a real-world environment. Additional information can be found in the Student Portal.
The Mabee Student Fitness Center facilities support intramural sports programs, as well as general student recreation and fitness. Two basketball/volleyball courts, two racquetball courts, an indoor jogging track, an aerobics exercise room, and an extensive collection of top-of-the line exercise and weightlifting equipment, and a disc golf course are available for student use.
Evangel's Public Safety Department is committed to providing high quality services to the University community, promoting a safe and secure environment that supports EU's mission. Services provided include a campus escort service, vehicle registration, traffic control, fire monitoring, campus video surveillance, building security, and emergency assistance (x7000). The campus is patrolled 24x7, 365 days per year by uniformed and armed officers.
The Cantrell Student Union houses the Crusader Dining Hall, Founders Bookstore, Wellness Center, as well as offices for the ESGA, CROSSwalk Student Ministries, Student Activities Director, and Commuter Services. On the second floor, The Joust provides a place for recreation and relaxation and offers grilled and cold sandwiches, lunch entrees, salads, pizza, pastries, beverages, fruit, and snacks for cash purchase.
The Wellness Center in the Student Union provides both Counseling Services and Health Services. Both Health Services and Counseling Services carefully protect students’ confidentiality and are available to students who pay the applicable general student fee.
This student-led organization provides opportunities for Christian witness both on campus and in the community. Traveling teams minister in churches, and students assist in foreign and home missions service opportunities during fall, spring and summer breaks.
All registered students are members of the Evangel Student Government Association. ESGA consist of two branches: Senate and Activities Board. By means of elected representatives, Senate provides a coordinated means for student initiative in enhancing university life and college policies. Activities Board (AB) plans and implements a wide variety of student social events. The ESGA Executive Committee, comprised of the executive officers from both Senate and AB, is chaired by the ESGA President, who is elected annually by the student body at large. Overarching goals of ESGA include facilitating student leadership development and promoting cooperative ventures between the student body and university administration.
The University sponsors three publications: a weekly newspaper (The Lance), a yearbook (Excalibur), and an annual literary/art magazine (Epiphany). These publications provide excellent opportunities for students to use and develop their journalistic skills and creative expression. The publications have consistently won national awards for excellence in their respective areas. The Lance and Excalibur are part of the Department of Communication. Epiphany's panel of student editors reviews entries to the magazine. In addition, the University sponsors four electronic media outlets produced by students under the advisement of members of the Department of Communication faculty. Evangel Cable Television (ECTV) broadcasts to both the campus and the city of Springfield via cable. KECC, the closed-circuit FM campus radio station, broadcasts music, news, weather, and sports, Crusadermedia.com is a student-designed website featuring all of the student media, and EU Films is the student film organization that produces a feature film each semester. Students may apply to be on staff or volunteer with these student organizations.
Officers and advisors guide organizations and clubs in accordance with the purposes of the groups and within the framework of University policy. The following student clubs and organizations are active on the Evangel University campus:
Much like any community, Evangel supports particular policies, procedures, and actions to facilitate healthy living among its members. These boundaries are guided by our commitment to uphold biblical principles of conduct, our Assemblies of God denominational perspective, and practices that promote considerate community interaction. As such, EU students are responsible for knowing and abiding by the standards; however, if that is your only guide, you will have missed the point. We seek to nurture an environment where our lives reflect Christ in all that we do. The code of conduct guides in helping students avoid destructive behaviors and embrace positive behaviors within the context of our community.
Details may be found in the Student Handbook online on the Student Portal for current students.
We recognize that there is much we share in common as a community of believers. We also understand that we come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, convictions, and perspectives that influence the way we think about inward convictions and outward behaviors. As a community, Evangel is founded on historical biblical principles that guide us in being the people of God so that we may do the work of God.
Being the People of God…
We love God . . . We live our lives to the glory of God, daily conforming ourselves to the image of Christ and recognizing the Lordship of Christ in everything (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3: 17). Our actions reflect our love and accountability to God (Matt. 22:36-38; 2 Corinthians 5:10).
We love others . . . Following Jesus’ example, love guides and determines our relationships with others (Matthew 22:39-40; John 15:12-17).
We live by a different standard . . . Christ calls us to be in the world but not of the world. We don’t have to conform to attitudes that run counter to Biblical guidance (Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:11-14; John 2:15- 17).
We live for Christ . . . We cannot live the Christian life simply on the basis of our own moral character and strength. As we study and obey the Scriptures, allow the Holy Spirit to guide us, and pursue counsel from the people of God, He guides our path (Proverbs 15:22; 2 Timothy 2:22).
Doing the Work of God…
We serve others . . . We serve our neighbors, responding and working to alleviate, such pressing worldwide problems as poverty, hunger, human trafficking, disease, illiteracy and racism (Matt. 7:12, James 1:27).
We are accountable to others. . . Christ desires to restore us to Himself and our community. We have a responsibility to each other, thus Christian freedom includes not doing some things to contribute to the good of the larger community and not cause others to stumble with the Lord (1 Cor. 9:19-23, 10:23-11:1).
We respect others . . . Certain actions are expressly prohibited in the Scriptures and are, therefore, wrong. Scripture also guides us to understand that some actions that are matters of individual convictions based on a given situation and we must take care to not condemn one another or ignore our conscience (Romans 14:1- 23).
We effectively use our resources . . . The community as a whole and members individually are responsible for intentionally using their abilities, strengths, assets, and opportunities to honor God (Romans 12:3-8).
Responsibilities of Membership in the Evangel Community:
As the Assemblies of God (A/G) national university of arts, sciences and professions, Evangel’s commitment to the integration of faith, learning and life attracts students from a wide variety of Christian religious backgrounds. We treasure this diversity as we educate and equip students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the church and society globally. Joining together, we build on our common belief in the Lordship of Christ and in our desire to holistically serve Him mind, body, and soul. Further, we support the distinctive mission of our heritage to proclaim the good news of Christ, worship God, disciple believers, and show compassion. These beliefs, alignment with our parent organization regarding interpretation of Scripture, as well as a focus on healthy and safe living, provide a framework for the spiritual and behavioral expectations at Evangel University. All members willingly choose to become a part of this community, and upon making that choice, commit to growth as they purposefully and intentionally live to love God and serve others. Additionally, for the duration of their tenure at Evangel, students pledge to abide by the following community standards:
1. Demonstrate personal, social, academic, and professional integrity: avoiding destructive behaviors such as lying, plagiarism, cheating, slander, profanity, intimidation, fighting, violence, abuse, gambling, hazing, violations of local, federal, and/or state law, etc.
2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle: abstaining from the possession or use of: alcoholic beverages, tobacco and/or smoking/vaping products, narcotic and/or hallucinogenic drugs (outside of a legal prescription), marijuana, paraphernalia, etc., as well as refraining from attendance at bars, clubs, and/or lounges.
3. Uphold standards of sexual purity and humility: maintaining modest appearance standards; not engaging in sexual activity prior to or outside of marriage—as recognized in the biblical covenant between a man and woman, including cohabitation, same-sex sexual relationships, genital contact, intercourse, sexting (chats or video), sexually explicit dancing, pornography, etc.
4. Strive to grow in personal relationship with Jesus Christ; prioritizing a private prayer and devotional life, attending and participating in church, and involvement in ministry/service opportunities. For traditional undergraduate students, part of spiritual formation is also addressed through chapel attendance and biblical studies coursework.
These responsibilities are further defined in Section Five, Part D of the Student Handbook. We understand that our standards may be contrary to other worldviews and we do not seek to antagonize or disrespect those whose views differ from our interpretation. Likewise, we expect that all members, voluntarily choosing to be a part of Evangel, will be able to live within these standards. Activism against or disregard of these community standards is a violation of that commitment. Students who engage in behavior that conflicts with the community standards are subject to discipline sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
We seek to care for all persons in ways that convey respect, concern, support, and accountability and pray that Evangel can be a place of healing, mentoring, guidance, and restoration. We further expect this community of believers to extend grace and care as we strive to honor God in all that we do and say. Feel free to contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Office of Student Development for any questions.
Faculty may require students who are in violation of the dress code to leave class and return in appropriate attire. In such cases, a tardy or an absence may be assessed at the sole discretion of the faculty.
We desire to empower students to exercise spiritual discernment in daily choices that honor God through personal thoughts, actions, and lifestyles. The reality of college life, both on and off campus, is that we make small decisions every day that move us either closer to or farther away from God's guidance. Our goal is to be self-disciplined and to hold each other accountable in our Christian walk.
Evangel University reserves the right to provide counsel and/or discipline students who, in the University's sole judgment, do not follow the stated policies of student conduct or the expressed principles and expectations of the University.
Students with motor vehicles must obtain permits for the operation and/or parking of these vehicles on campus. Vehicle registration is part of the regular financial registration procedure, and all vehicles brought onto campus by students, faculty, or staff must be registered and must properly display the official decal within three days.
Every student driver must maintain a current insurance policy that meets the student's state's requirements for minimum liability coverage, and provide evidence of insurance upon request. In addition to carrying adequate insurance, every student driver must abide by the laws of the state of Missouri. Drivers should carefully read the Missouri Driver's Handbook. Laws of the city of Springfield and the state of Missouri are applicable to all vehicles registered at Evangel University.
Statements of specific Evangel University regulations and penalties for violations are listed in the Motor Vehicle Regulations published by the Public Safety Department. Evangel students are expected to abide by all state laws and university regulations regarding vehicles.
Personal property is NOT covered by Evangel University insurance. A student with valuables (an expensive bicycle, stereo equipment, and so forth) should investigate coverage under his or her parents' homeowner's insurance. If parents claim a student as a dependent on their tax forms, a student's property can sometimes be covered while attending college without an additional cost. Students who are not covered should consider personal-effects floater coverage or renters' insurance, which can be purchased through a local insurance broker.
All students should obtain health insurance coverage if they are not already covered by their parents' health insurance programs. Students wishing to purchase health insurance should contact their local insurance agent. All students, whether full-time or part-time, are strongly encouraged to carry medical insurance coverage. International students MUST have medical insurance coverage.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the Evangel University receives a request for access. A student must submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written, signed request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
3. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student –
Evangel University is committed to the respect of human dignity of every employee, students and guests. Harassment in any form is incompatible with biblical standards of conduct and academic integrity,and is therefore prohibited. Employees, students, or guests who believe they have a basis for complaint should report such incidents without fear of reprisal. For a complete statment of the university's Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedure, see the Student Handbook. Violations of the policy will result in disciplinary action.
Evangel University is a community where we seek to understand, appreciate, and celebrate ethnic and cultural differences. In all areas, we strive to be the people of God so that we may do the work of God. This resonates throughout the University mission and guides our thinking toward pursuing and practicing reconciliation.
We believe that Scripture, from beginning to end, teaches that humanity is created in the image of God (Genesis 1) and that the Kingdom of Heaven is portrayed as a global kingdom, including people from every tribe, language, and ethnic group (Revelation 7:9), diverse in its makeup, and unified in submission to Christ. We embrace the beauty of this diversity and this unity as a way to honor the God who fashioned both. The University is committed to nurturing a community where all members have value, where all members have opportunity to develop their callings, and where all members practice respect and mutual regard for differences. Together, we better represent Christ’s kingdom here on earth and together we grow our capacity to become more of who God created us to be.
We are committed to representing the good news of Christ in all that we do, whether it is at Evangel University, or in local, regional, national, and global communities. Effective representation happens as we unite with one another in: devotion to Jesus Christ, obedience to His Word, and service to one another. As we foster a community of diversity and inclusion, we begin to better understand our differences and our bonds, allowing us to build transformational relationships that impact this world for Christ.
At Evangel University, there is no place for racism, bias, or discrimination based on race. We boldly proclaim that all men and all women bear the image of God – the imago Dei – and thus are worthy of dignity, respect, and love. We stand as men and women who proclaim the Good News of Christ. The Bible says that Christ is the light of the world and, as His sons and daughters, we bear His image, His light, and the hope of salvation and life.
Evangel University does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or any other protected legal status in matters of admissions, employment, housing, educational programs or activities. We operate in compliance with federal non-discrimination laws (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975). As a religious institution, the university is exempted from certain provisions and retains the right to make legitimate employment, admission, and educational decisions on the basis of religious tenets, consistent with applicable laws (Title IX statute, 1st Amendment, and Religious Freedom Restoration Act).