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Belhaven University believes that well-rounded personal, social, spiritual, and academic development can best be accomplished within a Christian community. Therefore, in order to meet individual needs while working for the needs of the community, it is necessary to establish guidelines for conduct. Belhaven's student handbook, The Kilt, describes in detail the guidelines governing student life and college community expectations. The system of standards set forth in the student handbook is intended to maintain a balance between individual freedom and the good of the community. Believing that every aspect of life should be lived to the glory of God, Belhaven University seeks to consistently apply these standards with a concern for the total development of the individual.

Belhaven reserves the right to withdraw and/or dismiss any student who, in its judgment, displays conduct in violation of the standards of the University. 

Grievance Policy for Written Student Complaints
The student grievance or complaint policy insures that students have adequate lines of communication wherein to file written complaints. Students are encouraged to inform the proper university official, as described in this Catalogue and the student handbook, any time they feel one of their student rights or privileges have been denied.

Academic Grievances
Students wishing to file grievances on academic issues, including grades, should submit written appeals to the Academic Appeals Committee, which may be done through the Registrar’s Office.  Appeals regarding course grades must be filed before the end of the next semester in which the grade was received.  Decisions made by the Academic Appeals Committee shall be final.  Academic grievances concerning a faculty member should be directed to the faculty’s department chairperson.  In cases where the faculty member also holds the chair of the department, grievances should be directed to the division chairperson.  In the case of division chairpersons, grievances should be reported to the Vice Provost.  Decisions made by the faculty member’s supervisor shall be final.

Residence Halls
Belhaven University embraces the living-learning concept in its residence life experience.  The primary goal of the Residence Life program is to provide students with a framework of expectations and guidance in the context of community for the purpose of enabling students to grow academically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. 
For this reason, all full-time freshmen and sophomores (under 54 credit hours), single and under the age of twenty-one, are required to live on campus, with the exception of those students who live off campus at the permanent address of their parents or legal guardian.  Those who meet any of these criteria and choose to live off campus must complete a Housing Exemption Form, available online or in the Office of Student Life, in order to be exempted from applicatory Room and Board Fees.  To be eligible to live in campus housing, students must be enrolled in a minimum of twelve semester hours and actively pursuing a degree.

The primary challenge of living in a residence hall is to live in close community with others.  A respect for each other and a commitment to certain standards are required.  These standards are based in biblical principles, and they exist to provide the most freedom for the greatest number of people. 

Every resident in every hall has the right to an environment conducive to academic pursuit and personal growth, the right to some measure of privacy, and the right to belong to the community.  Along with these rights are responsibilities to one’s self, to one’s roommate, to the other residents of the building, and to other members of Belhaven University.

The coordination and management of each residence hall is accomplished by a professional Resident Director (RD) who lives in the hall.  Resident Assistants (RAs) are Belhaven student leaders who live with the students and assist the RD in maintaining an environment in each hall that is conducive to living and learning.  Both RDs and RAs are personally and professionally committed to a biblical worldview that integrates Christian faith with the learning environment.  For more information, contact the Office of Student Life in Room 203 of The Cube or call 601-968-5969.

Residence halls are not open during Christmas break, May term, and summer sessions.

Chapel Attendance Policy
Chapel is held once each week (Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.) in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts. All students who are not exempt from chapel are required to attend a minimum of 10 sessions each semester they are enrolled at Belhaven. Chapel attendance is included in the student's transcript as a satisfactory/ unsatisfactory grade and a pass grade is a requirement for graduation. A detailed explanation of the chapel attendance policy is published in the student handbook, The Kilt.

The purpose of the Belhaven chapel program is to bring together the entire campus in a shared, spiritually enriching hour that collectively enables us to be challenged to explore the depths of God's truth, grace, and love. Respectful of the diversity of traditions and experiences consistent with Belhaven's Statement of Faith, services are designed to allow all of us to be challenged with the central truths of the Gospel. Chapel is not offered as a substitute for involvement in a local church nor designed to provide the type of consistent worship experience unique to an individual church.

MOSAIC (WVC 116)
MOSAIC is a class designed to assist freshmen in their transition to Christian higher education. Issues of adjustment, academic rigor, time management, disciplined study, and specific learning strategies are welded together in an effort to consistently promote and evaluate student success.

The one hour credit course meets throughout the fall semester.

Warren A. Hood Library
The Warren A. Hood Library houses more than 125,000 items. In addition to book and periodical collections, the library provides access to a vast array of electronic databases, electronic books, media collections, archival materials, and reference materials for all fields of study at Belhaven.

The Online Library is accessed through the Library web page (www.belhaven.edu/Library) and also provides a large collection of online full text databases including 25 databases within EBSCOhost, Grove's Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Christian Periodical Index, CQ Researcher, CREDO Reference eBooks, Classical Music Library, and the Wall Street Journal database. Additionally, library patrons have access to more than 34,000 e-books. These e-books are accessible 24/7 through the Library from any computer with an internet connection. The library is an invaluable resource for Belhaven users at all campuses to access essential resources via the internet.

The physical library is open 82 hours per week during the Fall and Spring sessions. Hours are slightly reduced during holidays, breaks and during the summer session. The library hours are intended to sufficiently provide Belhaven faculty, staff, students, and administration access to collections, services and professional assistance.

The library staff is well trained to assist all faculty and students with a wide range of research activities. It is the librarians' intent that each student at Belhaven develops transferable skills to ensure life-long learning through instruction and skilled use of the materials (both physical and online) available through the Warren A. Hood Library as well as any library or research facility throughout the world.

The library staff strongly encourages reference consultations. Professional librarians are available for subject specific reference consultations. Advance appointments may be scheduled by contacting the library at 601-968-5948, 1-800-808-5002 or at askalibrarian@belhaven.edu. Patrons are encouraged to carefully describe their research needs at the time the appointment is made, thus allowing library staff the lead time necessary to plan the best use of the library's collections. Interlibrary Loan services are also available to ensure access to resources that are not owned by the library.

The Think Center
Located on the main level of the Warren Hood Library, the Think Center houses the primary retention and academic support services of Student Affairs and supports programs that are developed from the collaborative efforts of the Student Success and Academic Units.

Understanding that “space matters”, the Think Center provides an innovative and dynamic location that supports collaboration, individual work and peer assistance through flexible furnishings, work spaces and technology.
Think Center staff work with students in both “traditional” areas of academic adjustment such as study skills and time management and in helping students understand more about their own thinking processes and how they best learn. Many of the academic tutoring labs utilize the Think Center.  All tutoring schedules are available at the front desk. The center is also available to students as a general “touch-down” space for working individually or with others.

Belhaven Bookstore
In addition to textbooks and supplies, the Belhaven Bookstore, located in the McCravey-Triplett Student Center, offers a variety of Belhaven memorabilia such as shirts, mugs, trade books, and Christian books and music. 

http://www.belhaven.edu/bookstore/

Intercollegiate Athletics
The intercollegiate athletics department of Belhaven University is committed to the vision and mission of the University through athletic participation and competition. The athletics department exists to lead student-athletes to compete for championships and to mature as men and women created in the image of God.  The department is responsible for the recruitment, orientation, leadership, development and retention of student-athletes in thirteen intercollegiate sports.  Athletics provides a unique environment for demonstrating and teaching the virtues of self-control, patience, love, service, respect for authority, ethics, leadership, hard work, and dedication as they relate to the teachings of Jesus Christ and biblical principles. The department will take every opportunity to use athletics as a platform for sharing the Gospel.

The Belhaven athletics department is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), participating in baseball, men's and women's basketball, cheerleading, men's and women's cross-country, golf, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, men's and women's tennis, and women's volleyball as a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference, and football as a member of the Mid-South Conference.

Intramural Athletics
As an extension of the office of student leadership, the intramural program supports the College mission by providing opportunities for students to participate in a variety of sports activities.  These activities are designed to promote exercise, leadership development, and fun.  Throughout the year, the Coordinator of Student Leadership and Intramurals plans and schedules competitive activities such as indoor soccer, pool, basketball, ping-pong, volleyball, and dodgeball.

Social Life and Recreation
Belhaven University provides opportunities for wholesome recreation. When available, students may use the auxiliary gymnasium, tennis courts, lake, weight room, and university bowl.  The office of student leadership plans events such as concerts, dances, service projects, trips, and other various programs.  The Belhaven Leadership Council (BLC), the student government arm of the student body, also plays a primary role in representing students and in planning activities to enhance campus life.

The following is a list of student organizations in which students are encouraged to participate:

National Honorary Societies
Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre)
Phi Beta Lambda (Business)
Kappa Delta Epsilon (Education)
Nat. Hon. Soc. of Dance (NHSDA)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Sigma Beta Delta (Business)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Sigma Zeta (Math and Science)
Religious Organizations
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
Praise and Worship Fellowship (PWF)
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) 
Student Missions Fellowship (SMF)
   
Other Student Organizations
 
BAT (Belhaven Activities Team)
Belhaven Accounting Club
Belhaven Biology-Chemistry Club
Belhaven History Club
Belhaven Leadership Council (BLC)
Biblios (Bible)
Diverse Students Association (DSA)
DOXA (Dance)  
His Hands and His Feet (Social Work)
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science
Student Ambassadors
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
Urban Dance Club
White Columns (Yearbook)


Publications

Briefly Belhaven is published five times a year for alumni by the office of alumni relations.

The Brogue, a literary journal devoted to creative writing and other fine arts at Belhaven, is published once a year under sponsorship of the Creative Writing Department.

The Kilt, the student handbook, is published by the office of student life and provides information regarding services, regulations, and student organizations.

The Tartan, a publication for alumni and friends, includes news of alumni and campus events and is published twice a year by the office of public information.

White Columns, the student yearbook, is published annually. Students work with faculty and staff advisors to produce this printed record of the school year, all from a student perspective.

Student Development
The office of Student development provides services to students in two main ways.  First, the office provides assistance to students with identification of personal values, career interests, personality make-up, and skills and abilities to help begin the process of identifying God-given talents with the goal of integrating academic preparation and career direction.  All incoming freshmen are introduced to the office through the MOSAIC class and are encouraged to begin the process of self-discovery and to realize their unique and marvelous design.  Upon identification of their innate talents and abilities, students can then begin to seek significant purpose in their lives and strive effectively to serve in their particular discipline.  Second, the office strives to facilitate the development and success of those students needing assistance or guidance in their adjustment to the academic program of Belhaven University.  The staff work with students whose past and current academic performance suggests that assistance, accountability, and motivation might increase their academic success.

Understanding that career goals and academic preparation can work together and become more focused and meaningful for the student, career and academic development takes on a whole new dynamic of discovering God's meaning for the individual.  Through the office of Student development, Belhaven strives to provide students with guidance for managing their academic, and ultimately, their career goals.

Academic Disability Accommodation
Belhaven University offers students disability accommodation in accordance with the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The student must make his or her disability known to the Office of Student Development and must provide current documentation, within 3 years, of the disability from an appropriate licensed professional and complete the Belhaven ADA Request Form for accommodation.  The student must provide such a request to the office of student development at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each semester for which the accommodation is requested.  Approved accommodations will be made within a reasonable time period after completion of the official request.

Grievance Procedure for Disabled Students
Belhaven University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints alleging any action prohibited by regulations implementing the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws.  For grievances related to academic accommodations, The Dean of Student Development shall serve as the Complaint “Coordinator”.

  1. Applicants or students shall file complaints, in writing, with the Coordinator.  A complaint shall contain the name and address of the person filing it and a brief description of the alleged violation.  If the complainant needs an accommodation in order to file the complaint, he/she should inform the person taking the complaint.
  2. Such complaints must be filed within forty-five calendar days after the complainant becomes aware of the alleged violation.
  3. An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall follow the filing of a complaint.  The Coordinator will conduct the investigation.
  4. The Coodinator shall issue a written determination regarding the complaint and a description of the resolution and shall forward a copy to the complainant within a reasonable time.
  5. The complainant may request a reconsideration of the case in instances where he/she is dissatisfied with the resolution.  Persons with complaints should make requests for reconsideration to the Assistant Vice President for Student Success within thirty calendar days of the date of the written determination issued by the Coordinator.  The Vice President for Student Affairs and Athletics shall issue a decision regarding the appeal within a reasonable time, and the decision shall be final.
  6. The Assistant Vice President for Student Success shall issue a decision regarding the appeal within a reasonable time, and the decision will be final.

For grievances related to non-academic accommodations, the policy in the student handbook The Kilt should be followed.

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