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    Saint Leo University
   
 
  Dec 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Student Affairs and Campus Operations


Student Affairs and Campus Operations Division

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Operations is a collaborative team of professional educators and staff fully integrated within the University, enabling students to experience a seamless educational program and graduate with a clearer understanding of the world and themselves, guiding them successfully through life.

Student Affairs and Campus Operations is charged with providing guidance, support services, and a variety of intentional and purposeful programs/activities intended to complement the academic pursuits of students and to promote a students’ development. Throughout the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Operations, you will encounter caring professionals who are not only trained and skilled in their own specialties, but are professional educators dedicated to assisting students in developing to their full potential.

The role of our staff is to assist the student in reaching true maturity. When coupled with a challenging academic experience, these services and opportunities facilitate a student’s total development so that they attain their educational goals as individuals prepared to function successfully as leaders within a global society.

The Student Affairs and Campus Operations staff are here to assist students outside of the classroom and to support them inside the classroom.  The diversity and excellence of our students continue to strengthen our University as we provide each of them with years of learning about themselves and the world around them; growing in independence and new responsibilities; and mostly becoming.  It is finding out who they are and who they want to become.

Our Student Affairs and Campus Operations mission is to assist, nurture, and support students and their campus communities in which they will live to facilitate their intellectual, interpersonal, and spiritual development.  We are strongly committed to our student’s total development - mind, body, and spirit.

Our vision is the creation of a collaborative community which enables each student to experience a seamless learning experience which will guide each student successfully now and through the rest of their life.  We will work toward accomplishing our vision by encouraging each of our students to be actively involved while they are here at Saint Leo University.

Accessibility Services

Saint Leo University is committed to a policy that provides an equal opportunity for full participation of all qualified individuals with disabilities in accordance with the ADA-AA. The University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in admission or access to its educational programs and associated activities. Appropriate academic accommodations and services are coordinated through the Office of Accessibility Services, which is located in the Kirk Hall. In accordance with federal regulations, the Office of Accessibility Services is the only authority in the University that may determine and approve accommodations under ADA-AA. Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the office as soon as possible. Students seeking accommodations are responsible for providing the Office of Accessibility Services with recent documentation of their disabilities at the time they are requesting services. Students may access the Policy and Procedure Manual through the Saint Leo website or visit the Office of Accessibility Services for a copy of the manual.  The Office of Accessibility Services can be reached by phone:  352-588-8464 or email:  adaoffice@saintleo.edu

Campus Security & Safety

At Saint Leo University our mission statement is simple: Provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Our Campus Security and Safety Department takes that statement seriously. We are staffed with trained and professional officers who are certified in their field by the State of Florida. They patrol the campus twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, on foot, mountain bikes, patrol car, and golf carts.

We are proud of the fact that Saint Leo University has an extremely low crime rate which allows our students to focus on priorities: Being a student!

Please stop by and visit our office or stop one of the officers for a chat. We believe that you will find our Campus Security and Safety personnel to be friendly, caring, and attentive to your concerns. If we can be of assistance please do not hesitate to call upon us.

Career Planning

The Career Planning and Employer Relations & Experiential Learning Departments assist students with all phases of career development from career guidance and job search training to resume advice, interview skills, and professional networking. Our departments provides career counseling and job search resources to assist students and alumni with making informed career development decisions both face-to-face and aided by technology. One of our strongest technology platforms is LionsLINK. LionsLINK is the career management interface provided by the University for all students, recent graduates, and alumni. LionsLINK brings employers with internships and employment opportunities within reach for our students and alumni.

In addition to direct services we provide to students and alumni, the Career Planning staff maintains active participation in various regional and national professional associations. This activity enables us to better support the work of our faculty and academic advisors with labor market research insights, innovative educational programming, and best practices in transitioning successfully into the world of work.  The Employer Relations & Experiential Learning Department works to strengthen partnerships with employers enabling Saint Leo to showcase the talent that our students and alumni possess to help in building their team and to grow internship possibilities.

For further information, please access the Career Planning Department website, http://www.saintleo.edu or call 352-588-8442.

Saint Leo University sponsors on-campus career fairs, held throughout the academic year.  These networking events are open to all students and alumni.

In addition to what is provided through this department, information on the specific student services offered at each Worldwide Education Center can be obtained from the Center Director or academic advisor. This may include student chapters of professional organizations, services available through the University’s website, and/or referral services to local agencies.

Center for Academic Vision & Excellence (CAVE)

Formerly the Learning Resource Center, the Center for Academic Vision & Excellence provides free academic support programs designed to equip students with the tools necessary to achieve academic success.  In addition to programming, the CAVE has a computer lab with 12 PCs that students can use for printing, completing assignments and web browsing. All CAVE services are free to students.

Tutoring and SI Services: The CAVE provides tutoring in the areas of math, science, business, writing, and select liberal arts courses.  Tutors are trained to help students better understand course concepts and to assist at any stage of the writing process. No appointment is necessary and students are permitted to join or leave tutoring at their discretion.

Supplemental Instruction offers additional opportunities for students to ask questions and clarify concepts in workshops conducted by student SI leaders.  In collaboration with professors, the SI leader attends all classes, takes notes, and schedules at least one workshop a week.  Supplemental Instruction is offered in select courses that students frequently receive a grade of D/F, or choose to withdraw from the course.

Academic Resources: Academic coaching is designed to assess student needs and provide strategies and skills designed to help students become more effective, self-directed learners.  Students can meet with the full-time academic coach, or with Peer-Assisted Learning (PAL) Coaches.  Students can schedule appointments through Accudemia, our online tutor scheduling system. 

Academic Success Workshops cover a variety of topics and are designed to provide students with opportunities to improve skills and strategies specific to their needs.  Workshops are available in the CAVE and online

Professional organizations, services available through the University’s website, and/or referral services to local agencies.

Counseling Services

Counseling Services is located in deChantal Hall, ext. 8199. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with evening hours available on an individual, as-needed basis.

Counseling Services offers confidential, short-term professional counseling to individuals as well as groups and couples. Counseling staff work closely with faculty and staff members in a consulting capacity to address mental health and developmental issues as they occur among members of the student body.

The Counseling Services website can be accessed at http://www.saintleo.edu/resources/counseling-services.aspx.  Self-help resources are available to all University students on the Counseling Services website. Whereas the campus community affords a wide variety of resources to help students adjust to university life, the Counseling Center’s primary purpose is to provide psychological and developmental support as students pursue academic and personal goals, and to enhance the quality of their experience at Saint Leo University

Dining Services

Dining services works hard to design meal programs to meet individual needs. Our goal is to make sure that you will not have to worry about finding something great to eat at convenient times. Dining on campus provides a social experience essential to campus life. It provides opportunities to gather with friends, take study breaks, hang out, relax and unwind after a hard day of classes and activities.

Employer Relations

The Office of Employer Relations facilitates the recruitment strategies of local, national and multinational organizations by connecting talent acquisition staff and hiring managers with students, alumni, and the broader Saint Leo University community.  The team partners with key internal and external community stakeholders to showcase Saint Leo’s talent pool of students and alumni, enhance student learning through internships and other experiential learning opportunities, and increase post-baccalaureate career placement as part of the institution’s retention efforts. 

For more information, please contact the Director of Employer Development and Experiential Learning at (352) 588-8822.

First Year Experience

The Office of First Year Experience is geared towards ensuring the success of all first year students. Our Mission is to help students integrate the learning that takes place through the academic mission of the University and engage students fully in the campus community.  First Year Experience is located in Student Activities Building, suite 203, room 209.

Leadership Development

The L.E.A.D. Scholars program is committed to the leadership development of incoming freshman students. Incoming freshmen apply for the scholarship and then are selected based on their leadership involvement both in high school and in their respective communities. This scholarship program is a four year process in which students are involved until they graduate. The program exists to support and stimulate leadership development throughout a student’s career at Saint Leo University. By embracing the Benedictine values held by the University, the program strives to foster an environment that encourages excellence, personal development, respect (for self and others), community, integrity, and responsible stewardship, as well as to develop well-rounded students. By taking advantage of the leadership opportunities offered, such as taking courses, attending workshops, and getting involved on campus, students will develop leadership skills they can utilize for the rest of their lives.

Lions Care

Lions Care is a university-wide initiative that embraces our institutional Core Values, especially the values of Respect and Community. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, this website provides resources for individuals who may need assistance. Lions Care is an umbrella for care-related resources for the University community. Through this site you may access many resources and reporting avenues so that appropriate follow-up action can be taken by members of the staff. The intent of the website is to proactively:

  1. Foster a caring and safer University community
  2. Engage University community members as active participants, not as idle bystanders, in assisting other community members.
  3. Provide campus based and community resources, and
  4. Provide appropriate referral and reporting mechanisms to address concerns.

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to promoting greater awareness of high risk behaviors and their impact on individuals and the community; providing prevention education opportunities for University community members and creating an environment that empowers survivors to access resources on and off-campus. From role modeling and training others on appropriate bystander actions to advocating for and supporting those impacted by high risk behaviors, the members of the Student Affairs staff are here to help

Meal Plans

The University provides food service on University Campus during the fall and spring semesters, and resident students enrolled in University College are required to be on a meal plan as required by their housing assignment. Students living in Apartments 1 - 4 may choose either a five-meal-per-week plan or a ten-meal-per-week plan. East Campus residents may choose either of the meal plan options or choose not to purchase a meal plan.

Multicultural and International Student Office

In support of the Saint Leo University mission statement, the mission of the International Student Office is to assist, nurture, and support the International and study abroad students and their peer communities through planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and services that facilitate intellectual, interpersonal, and spiritual development. The ultimate mission of the ISO is to assist the university in achieving its goal to be a university of international consequence.

Office of Military Affairs and Services

Saint Leo University has a long and proud history of educating our nation’s men and women in uniform. Since 1973, we have been a leading institution of higher education for military members, veterans, and military spouses for both traditional and online programs to help them attain a college degree and find gainful employment following their military service. As a university, we understand that you have many choices when it comes to attending college during and after your military service. We are honored to assist in your transition to the civilian workforce and meet your goals for higher education.

We also understand that balancing college life, military, career, family, and personal responsibilities can be extremely challenging; therefore, Saint Leo University would like to assist you in achieving your personal, educational and career goals. It is a proud heritage in which we all share, as one university community, committed to continuing to serve those who currently serve or have served our nation.

Orientation

All first-year and transfer students in the University College are required to attend orientation programs. These programs are designed to acquaint students with University Campus, academic programs, Student Affairs offices and services, University policies, and the faculty, staff, administration, and other members of the student body. Participation in the orientation program sets students on a path toward academic and personal success at Saint Leo University.

Residence Life

The purpose of the Residence Life program is to work collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty in the creation of a caring living-learning environment. At Saint Leo University, resident students have the unique opportunity for personal growth within a supportive and safe environment. Residence hall living offers new personal freedoms and therefore new and challenging responsibilities. Through the creation of residence hall communities, University Campus students are encouraged to appreciate and respect the rights and privileges of others while simultaneously living within the established policies of the University. In addition to this greater sense of community and personal responsibility, the University encourages the individual choice of personal lifestyle and behavior, with the realization that all students will be treated as mature adults and held accountable for their respective actions.

Saint Leo University considers the residential experience to be an integral aspect of the University College student’s holistic education and personal development. Given this philosophy, all full-time University College students (12 or more credit hours) are required to live on University Campus. Exceptions are allowed for those students living at and commuting from family-owned property, married students, veterans, nontraditional students, or senior students who have earned over 90 credit hours. Saint Leo’s residence halls are designed for traditional-age students no older than 28 years of age. All requests for housing made by a student 28 years of age at the time of the request are reviewed by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs or designee. The residence halls are staffed by live-in professional staff members who are specifically trained and dedicated to the service of students and the promotion of their growth as individuals. Assisting the professional staff are undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs) and Resident Assistant Directors (RADs), who also provide a valuable resource to the University Campus community. Together, the Residence Life staff provides a wide variety of events, programs, and activities designed to suit the diverse needs and interests of our residents. The staff is accessible and available to assist and challenge residents as they work to create a strong community of contributors and leaders in each residence hall. A Residence Life professional staff person is on duty at the University Campus 24 hours a day while the University is in session.

More-detailed information concerning Residence Life and its services, policies, and programming can be found in the Code of Conduct, which is available electronically to students each academic year - http://www.saintleo.edu/media/432276/codeofconduct.pdf

Student Affairs

The office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs is located in the Student Activities Building. Students, parents, and families with personal and campus concerns and questions should contact this office for assistance and information. The Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Student Affairs staff practice a student-centered education and student-first philosophy of service. The Student Code of Conduct, which is in place for the safety and well-being of our University campus community, is enforced by the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. The Student Affairs staff is further involved in student life by sponsoring numerous programs and activities, planning and coordinating new student orientation, and providing leadership training and opportunities for student involvement in campus governance.

Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities strives to create meaningful learning opportunities that teach and challenge students to be life-long learners; value excellence within themselves and others; seek out their personal best; live life with a sense of integrity; respect and celebrate the uniqueness and commonalities of all individuals; and foster community and stewardship. ​ The Office of Student Activities oversees the areas of Student Government Union (SGU), Campus Activities Board (CAB), Clubs and Organizations, Greek Life, and Community Engagement.  Co-curricular activities sponsored by the Office of Student Activities are open to all University College students paying the activities fee at the main campus.  For more information please visit our website at http://saintleostudentactivities.weebly.com/

Student Life

As active members of the University community, students are encouraged, individually and collectively, to express their views on institutional policy and matters of general interest to the student body. University College students can participate in the formulation and application of institutional policy, affecting both academic affairs and student services, through standing committees, the Student Government Union, and numerous ad hoc committees and organizations. Any students concerned with an academic issue should contact the department director, School Dean, or Center Director. All issues concerning student life should be directed to the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs

Student Success

Student Success offers a comprehensive range of programs and services to students, including accessibility services; developmental, holistic, and intrusive advising; supplemental instruction and workshops; individualized tutoring; career development; graduate school/post-graduation preparation; internship opportunities; job placement; and multicultural/diversity programs and services. Working closely with other areas specifically Academic Affairs, Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Student Affairs, University Technology Services, and Enrollment Services, Student Success is focused on improving student persistence and completion by identifying, addressing, and resolving system level issues attributed to creating barriers to our students’ successes.