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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.
The development of relationships and the building of community within the residence halls are valuable parts of the college experience. The informal interaction that one experiences while living on campus complements academic discussions in the classroom and plays an integral role in the personal development of a student. In the residence halls, faith, learning, and living affect every aspect of student life.
We treat each student as a whole person. The Residence Life staff's goal is to go beyond the academic arena to impact students in their development socially, personally, physically, and spiritually. In the residence halls, we try to implement a holistic approach in reaching the ultimate goal of residence life-the individual growth and development of each Evangel student.
Specifically, living in a residence hall during the college years provides a unique experience of being around students of varying personalities, interests, and cultural backgrounds. We want students to use the wealth of learning that occurs through 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 interested in 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 http://www.evangel.edu/admissions/more-information/housing-policies/ 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 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 mailboxes and lockers are located on the first floor of Cantrell Student Union.
The University provides a limited number of 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 and to be placed on the waiting list.
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 of attendance requirements are published in the Student Handbook. The Director of Spiritual Life, our campus pastor, is available for pastoral counseling. In the residence halls, discipleship leaders hold small group devotions each week. All students are expected to participate regularly in the services of a local church and are encouraged to be involved in various outreach opportunities coordinated by CROSSwalk Student Ministries.
Clubs and organizations enrich the social and academic life of the campus, develop student leadership skills, and provide practice in democratic procedures. Students are encouraged to involve themselves in new experiences as part of their total learning. The Activities Board of Evangel Student Government Association and the Student Activities Office sponsor events such as HarvestFest, Spring Fling, DVD Bingo, County Fair, Movie on the Lawn, bonfires, and coffeehouses.
Cultural events are an integral part of the University calendar. These include nationally-known musicians, drama groups, lecturers, faculty and student music recitals, and campus theatrical productions.
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 men and women participate in an active intramural sports program as well as club level soccer.
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 in increments of 75 or 45.
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:
All of Evangel's standards fall into at least one of the following catagories:
Details may be found in the Student Handbook online at http://www.evangel.edu/admissions/more-information/student-handbook/.
Evangel University has long recognized the value of maintaining behavioral standards that contribute to the professional and Christian atmosphere on campus, foster fellowship with a wide range of Christians, and strengthen our Christian testimony to our community. In this light the University has set a standard of behavior for both its students and its employees. Some regulations, which are neither the basis for our relationship with God nor a necessary consequence of it, are beneficial nevertheless to the life and testimony of both the individual and the institution. To this end, Evangel expects faculty, staff, and students to refrain from: possessing or using alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and illegal drugs; the abusing of either prescription or non-prescription drugs; viewing pornography; using vulgar or profane language; gambling; and dancing as described in the Student Handbook. Faculty, staff, and students are expected to abstain from attendance at or participation in all activities (including bars, clubs, and lounges) that tend to be morally degrading. Individual decisions regarding movies, videos, television programs, video games, and other forms of entertainment, recreation, and social activities should reflect mature Christian convictions.
Details may be found in the Student Handbook online at http://www.evangel.edu/admissions/more-information/student-handbook/.
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.
The essential role of individual judgment, discernment, and recognition of personal accountability to God throughout the Evangel community is paramount. Individuals should also be guided by responsibilities to parents and by commitments they have made to their local churches. Students who come to Evangel University must exercise individual discernment in daily choices of thought, action, and lifestyle. Both on and off campus, each individual is required to make choices, to be self-disciplined, and to be held accountable by the community. The Student Development staff and other members of the college community will confront a student who fails to live up to the above-stated behavioral expectations.
Evangel University reserves the right to discipline a student who, in its judgment, does not conform either to the stated regulations governing student conduct or to the expressed principles, policies, programs, 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 encourages students to understand and appreciate ethnic and cultural differences. Recognizing the principles of Scripture and the rich contributions that diverse cultures make to campus life, the University supports the biblical concept of multiculturalism (Galatians 3:28, Revelation 7:9) in which all people participate equally in the Kingdom of God regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, age, or socio-economic status.
God has ordained marriage to bring a man and a woman together as the foundation for a new family. He empowers them, through their sexual union, to create new human life. The Bible is clear in its teaching regarding the sanctity of human life. Life begins at conception and is precious to God from that very moment. This fact makes the practice of abortion abhorrent in God's eyes.
Although God's heart is grieved when sexual union occurs outside of marriage, He still extends redemptive grace to those individuals involved. When pregnancy results from that union, Evangel University, as an instrument of God, also strives to extend redemptive grace to those individuals, including the unborn child. Crisis pregnancy assistance designed to protect the expectant mother and her unborn child will be provided through the Office of Student Development.
Evangel University does not discriminate in its education programs, admissions, activities, or employment practices on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, age, or disability. Inquiries regarding this policy may be directed to the Vice President for Business and Finance.