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Student Development

The Integration of Faith, Learning, and Living

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.

Mission of Student Development

Student Development partners with students toward holistic development to engage in Christ-centered living. 

Campus Life

Residence Life

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).

Commuter Life

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.

Spiritual Life

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.

Student Activities

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.

Athletics

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.

Music

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.

Campus Services

The Center for Student Success

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.

Career Services

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.

Student Retention

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.

Academic Support

The goal of Academic Support is to improve and enhance the success of students at all levels, including academic preparation. Services provided include:

  • Study skills/time management workshops
  • One-on-one peer tutoring
  • Study groups for exams and projects
  • Study skills courses (GNST Courses)
  • Online Resources
  • Disability Accommodations

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.

Bookstore

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.

Conference Services

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.

Counseling Center - See Wellness Center below

Electronic Mail System

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.

Financial Assistance - See information in the next section of this catalog.

Food Services

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.

Health Services - See Wellness Center below

Information Technologies

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.

Mabee Student Fitness Center

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.

Public Safety Department

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.  

Student Union

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.

Wellness Center

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.

  • Health Services provides primary health-care services (diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic conditions) by a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Nominal fees are charged for immunizations, procedures, and laboratory tests. Referrals to physicians, specialists, and emergency departments are made for serious injury and illness.
  • Counseling Services provides Christian, licensed, professional counseling using a short-term solution-focused approach. Dedicated to assisting students by equipping and encouraging overall development through a professional relationship consistant with accepted ethical standards, Counseling Services provides individual, couples and group counseling, along with seminars, referrals, and other mental health programming.

General Campus Organizations

CROSSwalk

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.

Evangel Student Government Association (ESGA)

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.

Student Media

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.

Student Clubs and 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:

Student Media

  • Crusadermedia.com
  • EUTV-television station
  • Epiphany-fine-arts magazine
  • EU Films
  • Excalibur-yearbook
  • KECC-radio station
  • The Lance-newspaper

Department-Related Clubs

  • Accounting Club
  • Apologia
  • Art Club
  • Chemisty Club
  • Cinema Club
  • Club de Espanol
  • Criminal Justice Association
  • EU Association of Computing Machinery
  • EU Nursing Society
  • EU TESOL Club
  • French Club
  • National Association for Music Educators
  • Psychology Club
  • Pre-Law Society
  • Healthcare Society
  • Social Work Club
  • Students for a Sustainable Future
  • Student Investment Group
  • Student Missouri State Teacher's Association (SMSTA)
  • World Changers Mission Fellowship

 

Interest Groups

 

  • Christians for Biblical Equality
  • College Democrats
  • CROSSwalk
  • ENACTUS
  • Evangel Outdoor Club
  • Evangel Student Government Association (ESGA)
    • Activities Board
    • Class Councils
      • Freshman/Sophomore Class Council
      • Junior/Senior Class Council
    • Senate
  • Evangel Student Veteran's Association (ESVA)
  • Intercollegiate Forensics
  • Tele Mu Kappa (NOMADS) International Students and Missionary kids

 

Honorary Societies

  • Alpha Chi - national honor society
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon- national mathematics honor society
  • Pi Alpha- national social work honor society
  • Phi Sigma Tau - international philosophy honor society
  • Psi Chi - international psychology honor society
  • Sigma Alpha Sigma - campus honor society
  • Sigma Tau Delta - international English honor society 
  • Sigma Zeta - national science and mathematics honor society
  • Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ)
  • Theta Alpha chapter of Phi Epsilon Kappa-kinesiology honor society

Campus Standards and Regulations

Behavioral Standards

All of Evangel's standards fall into at least one of the following catagories:

  1. Standards based on Scripture
  2. Standards based on Safety Concerns
  3. Standards based on Community Agreement

 Details may be found in the Student Handbook online at http://www.evangel.edu/admissions/more-information/student-handbook/

Community Agreements

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.

Dress Code

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.

Making Choices

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.

Vehicle Registration

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.

Insurance

Personal Property Liability

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.

Hospitalization

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. 

Personal Rights and Human Values

Access to Student Records

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.

  • A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing re­garding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

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. 

    • The school discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Evangel University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including, but not limited to, Public Safety and Wellness Center staff); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary com­mittee or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Evangel University who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent; or a student employed or volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for Evangel University.

 

  • Student information may be used by Evangel University, Central Bible College, and Assemblies of God Theological Seminary administrators, faculty, directors and staff, who are considered to be "school officials with legitimate educational interests" as outlined in the model for the consolidated Evangel University.

 

  • Upon request, the school also discloses education records without consent to offi­cials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

 

  • Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can be disclosed to outside organizations, as permitted by law, without prior written consent. The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the university to include this type of information from your educational records in certain publications. Examples include: the annual yearbook; a playbill, showing the student’s role in a drama production; Dean’s List or other recognitions; graduation programs; and sports activity sheets, such as for intercollegiate football, showing hometown, weight and height of team members.
  1. Evangel University has designated the following information as directory information: student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photograph, dates of attendance, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
  2. If you do not want Evangel University to disclose directory information from your educational records, you must notify the school by checking the appropriate boxes on the Consent Form via your online student portal.
  3. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

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 –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within Evangel University, whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests.  This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) -(a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2)) 
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university’s State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal-or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized
    representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf.  (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.  (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to:  (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.  ((§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.  (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39.  The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the
    student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))

Harassment

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.

Multiculturalism

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.

Sanctity of Human Life

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.

Non-discrimination Policy

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.