2 SEBTS Student Handbook Welcome to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary And to The College at Southeastern
3 SEBTS Student Handbook WELCOME FROM THE DEAN OF STUDENTS 2 HISTORY, INSTITUTIONAL STATEMENTS, & AFFILIATIONS 3-4 CABINET MEMBERS 5 CAMPUS SERVICES, & CENTERS 6 Worship 6 Chapel 6 Center for Great Commission Studies 6 Center for Faith & Culture 6 Campus Security 7 Emergency Messages & Alerts 7 Campus Events 7 Campus Visitors 7 The Court Café 8 The Locker/Mailroom 8 LifeWay Campus Store 8 Library 8 Health Center 9 Counseling Services 9 Auxiliary Ministries 9 Southeastern 1Card 10 STUDENT LIFE 11 The Ledford Student Center 11 Intramural Sports 11 Facilities & Guidelines Regulations, Policies, & Procedures 13 Student Groups Guidelines for Student Publications 15 Student Life office Information 15 CHAPEL POLICIES DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS (D-GROUPS) WOMEN S LIFE STUDENT RESOURCES & FINANCIAL AID 23 Cooperative Program 23 Grants & Scholarships 23 State-Specific Aid 23 Monthly Payment Plan 23 Government Funds 24 Guidelines for Loans 24 Employment 24 Emergency Assistance 24 Table of Contents Information & Office Hours 24 INSTITUTIONAL & PERSONAL OBLIGATIONS 25 Financial Considerations 25 Housing Regulations 25 Residence Life Policy Parking and Traffic Regulations 27 Firearms & Weapons Policy 28 SOUTHEASTERN FACILITIES 29 Use of Southeastern Facilities 29 Campus Map 30 SEMINARY DUTIES, STUDENT PRIVILEGES & RESPONSIBILITIES 31 Student Privacy 32 Intellectual Property Rights 32 Student Discipline 33 Behavior Subject to Discipline 33 Commitment to Purity 34 Sexual Impropriety 34 Pornography 35 Dress & Appearance 35 Self-Harm & Eating Disorders 35 Plagiarism & Cheating 35 Disciplinary Actions Related to Institutional Status 37 Further Disciplinary Considerations 38 Witnesses to Covenant Violations 38 Student Excursions 38 Student Complaints & Appeals 39 Academic Complaints & Appeal 39 Other Complaints & Appeals 40 Disciplinary Action & Institutional Status Appeals 41 Student Disciplinary Committee 41 SOUTHEASTERN COVENANT (SEMINARY) 42 SOUTHEASTERN COVENANT (COLLEGE) 43 INFORMATION RESOURCES 44 Switchboard 44 Campus Publications 44 Directory Appendix A SEBTS Technology Acceptable Use Policy 47-48
4 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 0 SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT HANDBOOK This edition of the Student Handbook is a reflection of the most current policies and procedures of this institution; it should be adhered to throughout the course of a student s enrollment at Southeastern. The Dean of Students Office reserves the right to make changes to this Handbook at any time when such changes are deemed necessary. Where there are other specifications pertaining to non-traditional students, such as Advanced Degree students, Distance Learning students, etc., those specifications will be indicated in writing by the responsible offices for those demographics. However, the policies contained in this Student Handbook should be considered germane to all SEBTS and demographics. August 2014
5 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 1 Welcome from the Dean of Students On behalf of the Student Services Division, welcome to Southeastern! We are so very glad that out of all of the places you could have chosen to attend college or seminary, you have come here. It is my deepest hope and prayer for each of you that while you are here you will fall ever more deeply in love with the Lord and worship him with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. I am also praying that as an outflow of your love and worship of God that you will flourish personally, develop in your ministry skills, and experience an increasing joy in serving the local church. Here at Southeastern we strive to make the Gospel of Jesus Christ and his Great Commission central in all we do. By dying on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and rising again as the conqueror of death, Jesus Christ made it possible for us to become the children of God. That means that all who have been saved from the wrath of God by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ are together the family of God. As a family, we have the privilege of joining together to worship and glorify our great God and seek to expand the proper worship of him to the ends of the earth. At Southeastern, then, we are a community of faith. That is, we are a people who are united around a common purpose of worshipping the Lord and maximizing that worship throughout all creation. This is the vision that makes Southeastern more than an institution. We are a movement with a vision, purpose and goal. Thus, it is with great joy that I welcome you to the Southeastern community. May it be that together we will thrill the Lord with worship in our classrooms, residences, local church involvement, and our relationships with the lost wherever they may be in the world. As Paul reminded the believers in I Corinthians 10:31: Whether then you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Let s make every aspect of our life together one that thrills our great God! Please know that my office and staff are eager to serve you in whatever capacity we can. All of us in the Student Services Division are delighted you are here! Mark D. Liederbach Dean of Students
6 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 2 SOUTHEASTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY & THE COLLEGE AT SOUTHEASTERN Southeastern s History Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) came into existence by a vote of the Southern Baptist Convention in Student matriculation began in In 1995, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary added an undergraduate division known as Southeastern Baptist Theological College. The name was changed to Southeastern College at Wake Forest by Trustee action in their Spring 2000 meeting. In Spring 2008, the Trustees approved a name change to The College at Southeastern. Through May 2014, Southeastern has awarded 14,787 degrees. Institutional Statements Mission Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18 20). Identity Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is an institution of higher learning and a Cooperative Program ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention. Core Competencies In order to equip students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission, the Southeastern Faculty builds curricula and courses, drawing upon the great tradition of Christian orthodoxy and our Baptist heritage, to develop these five core competencies in Southeastern graduates: Spiritual Formation Southeastern graduates demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ s commands, and love of God and neighbor. Biblical Exposition Southeastern graduates demonstrate the ability to properly and effectively interpret, apply, and communicate the Scriptures. Theological Integration Southeastern graduates demonstrate the ability to understand and apply the doctrines of Christianity to life and ministry. Ministry Preparation Southeastern graduates demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and Christian disposition necessary for ministry and leadership in the church and the world. Critical Thinking & Communication Southeastern graduates demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly. These core competencies define the desired learning outcomes for Southeastern students, and thus guide faculty in forming their syllabi, delivering lectures, guiding classroom discussions, and evaluating students.
7 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 3 Confession and Articles of Faith Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary affirms the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and operates under the authority of Scripture as a covenant community. The articles of faith that set forth the doctrinal positions with which the school is identified and which characterize the beliefs and commitments of the faculty are: The Abstract of Principles and the Baptist Faith & Message The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern s founding, and in April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract Principles as the official articles of Faith of the school. Trustees stated, and the Faculty concurred, that they did not consider the two documents to be in any essential conflict. In May 2001, the existing Faculty voluntarily and publically signed the Baptist Faith and Message in chapel. New faculty members sign both documents at the first convocation following their election. In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further subscribes to documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues of the day. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These statements were affirmed under the leadership of President Paige Patterson and in April 2004, the Trustees voted officially to affirm them, not as additional Articles of Faith to be signed by faculty, but as faculty guidelines, as a testimony to Southeastern s constituency, and as an additional set of institutional identity statements. Professors believe and teach in accord with these confessional articles of faith and affirmed statements; students are not required to affirm them. Affiliations Southern Baptist Convention The Seminary was voted into existence by the Southern Baptist Convention at its annual session held in Chicago, Illinois, in May 1950, and exists as a Cooperative Program ministry of the SBC. Accreditations Association of Theological Schools (ATS): Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA ; Telephone ) to award masters and doctoral degrees. Southeastern has been accredited by ATS since Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS): Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia ; Telephone number ) to award associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. Southeastern has been accredited by SACS since 1978.
8 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 4 Board of Trustees Seminary trustees are elected by the Southern Baptist Convention. Articles I through IV of the Seminary Bylaws address the organization, meetings, officers, and committees of the Board of Trustees. Cabinet Members Mr. Ryan Hutchinson Executive VP for Operations Dr. Danny Akin President President Dr. Bruce Ashford Provost Dr. Mark Liederbach VP for Student Services Dean of Students Dr. Chuck Lawless Dean of Graduate Studies Mr. Art Rainer VP for Institutional Advancement Dr. Jamie Dew Dean of the College
9 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 5 CAMPUS SERVICES & CENTERS Worship God has created each of us for the primary purpose of worshipping Him and filling the earth with people who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. It is for this reason that we want to emphasize that worship is at the center of campus life. Pre-eminent among these is the Chapel experience. Chapel Chapel forms the center of campus life at Southeastern Seminary and College. Each week, students have the opportunity to join for a time of worship in Binkley Chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Occasionally there are special Wednesday services, which are noted on the chapel schedule. There are several reasons why we so highly encourage chapel attendance. First, students have the opportunity to sit under the preaching and teaching of gifted pastors, evangelists, missionaries, professors, public servants, and fellow students. Second, the chapel hour serves as the central point of gathering for the Southeastern community. Not only do students, staff and faculty have the opportunity to worship together as a community, it is also the place and time where the ideas, events and passions of Southeastern are most clearly communicated. Third, chapel serves as a discipleship tool whereby the seminary leadership seeks to model excellence in the format and content of various forms and styles of corporate worship. In order to support and facilitate these goals, all administrative offices are closed during chapel services, including the Library and the Ledford Student Center. Students and their families are urged to participate for the purpose of personal and community spiritual growth. All Southeastern worship services are open to members of the surrounding community. For complete Chapel attendance expectations, please refer to the section in this handbook, Chapel Policy. Center for Great Commission Studies The Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies (CGCS) is the hub of Great Commission efforts at Southeastern helping develop students and faculty members into Great Commission servants of their local churches. The CGCS serves the Southeastern community in four major areas: academics, research, mobilization, and convention relationships. Additional information about the CGCS can be found online at sebts.edu/cgcs/. You may also visit our blog at cgcs.sebts.edu, and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/southeastern.center) and Twittter (twitter.com/thecgcs). Center for Faith & Culture The L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture seeks to engage culture as salt and light, presenting and defending the Christian faith and demonstrating its implications for all areas of human existence. The Center has a two-fold purpose: (1) to convey graciously and apply effectively the Christian worldview to all areas of culture and to the human condition; (2) to encourage and support the Church in its redemptive work. The programs, conferences, and events hosted by the Center provide a meaningful venue where vital cultural issues to the Church are discussed and the Christian worldview remains central to the discussion. The Center usually hosts the Carver-Barnes lecture series in the spring semester and the Drummond-Bush lecture series in the fall semester. Throughout most semesters the Center also hosts film nights, cultural discussion nights, a mentorship program, a research assistant program, and other events, some of which are designed for the local pastor. Students, local churches and the wider community are always welcomed and encouraged to attend. Additional information about The Center can be found at:
10 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 6 Campus Security Southeastern s security officers are on duty 24 hours a day. Security officers make rounds of campus buildings and housing. The seminary also has an excellent relationship with the Wake Forest Police Department, which regularly patrols seminary property. Although night watchmen are employed to maintain security, precautions should be taken to prevent losses from cars, rooms, and apartments. Comprehensive insurance on automobiles and personal property is recommended. Local insurance agents can handle any questions concerning renter s insurance or automobile insurance. In case of theft, contact the Wake Forest Police Department at (919) and Southeastern Security at (919) In case of an emergency, dial 911. However, Campus Security will respond to needs such as safety, lock-out, maintenance, etc. Campus Security may be contacted anytime at (919) or you may contact them through at Emergency Messages & Alerts Emergency Messages may be transmitted to students by way of Campus Security, at (919) An emergency is defined as death of a family member, accident involving a family member, or a crisis situation requiring immediate attention. An effort to contact the needed person will be made only if that person can be located by class schedule or other efforts. Nixle SEBTS Alerts Campus Security is encouraging all students, faculty, and staff to sign up for Nixle, which is SEBTS alert and announcement system. Log-in to CampusNet and look for the SEBTS Alerts/Announcements tab under Forms & Info. You can sign up for delivery or text messages or both. Campus Events Southeastern offers a wide range of events for our students and their families, as well as the larger community. In other words, you will find that we, as an institution, host a variety of internal and external events. I. Internal Events: The Student Life Office hosts an array of events that are sure to engage students and their families, including: Coffee Houses, Campus-Wide Cookouts, Study Breaks, Chili-Cook-Offs, March Madness gatherings, and a variety of other events throughout the year. These are catered to the Southeastern campus community and aim to build II. relationships and foster fellowship within the Southeastern family. External Events: The Events Office hosts a number of conferences each year on a variety of topics, all of them designed to advance our mission of serving the church and fulfilling the Great Commission. These conferences include the 9Marks Conference, Family Life Conference, and various academic conferences. These are tailored to not only the Southeastern community, but the church as a whole. Details for these events are published through the SEBTS Around Southeastern Campus and Community blog site at Contact the Student Life Office for more information at (919) Campus Visitors The Admissions Office welcomes opportunities to give tours of the Southeastern campus to prospective students, church groups, community organizations, etc. Tours are typically scheduled for Tuesday through Friday, and we ask that tour arrangements are made in advance. To join a regularly scheduled tour or to discuss possible alternative arrangements, please call the Admissions Office at (919) , or send an to Chapel services are open to the public and visitors are welcome to attend. Services are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in Binkley Chapel.
11 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 7 The Court Café The Court Café provides food service in the Ledford Student Center for the campus and the community. A wide variety of healthy foods are available including sandwiches, salads, pastries and snacks. Prices are reasonable, and service is fast. The Court is a great place to share breakfast, lunch, coffee, or snack with fellow students and faculty before or after chapel or in-between classes. Hours: (School Year) Phone: (919) Mon-Fri 7:00am-3:00pm Closed Sat-Sun (Summer) Mon-Fri 11:00am-2:00pm Closed Sat-Sun The Locker/Mailroom/Copy Center The Locker is located in the Ledford Student Center and offers stylish SEBTS merchandise for students, families, and the community. Along with logo and apparel, The Locker offers additional services: copying and mailing. For prices on mailing and printing, please visit The Locker, or visit the web at mailroom provides only basic mail services and serves as a drop off for UPS and FedEx packages. The Copy Center provides services of making copies, laminating, binding, faxing, and scanning. Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00am-4:00pm Phone: (919) Fri 9:00am-3:30pm Closed Sat-Sun LifeWay Campus Store We are located on the main floor of the Ledford Student Center. The bookstore stocks a variety of resources, reference materials, church supplies and all required textbooks for classes. Students receive a 20% discount on textbooks. Lifeway Campus Store is operated by "LifeWay Christian Resources" of the Southern Baptist Convention. Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-4:30pm Phone: (919) Sat 10:00am-2:00pm Closed Sun Library We know research isn t easy, and that s why we re here to help. Whether you need a comfortable place to sit, a good cup of coffee, help finding books and articles for your paper, or assistance in narrowing your topic, the Library at Southeastern is here for you. The Library is located on campus, just north of Stealey Hall, and our staff would love to help you navigate the world of research. With over 330,000 books in our print and ebook collections, we re confident you ll find what you need here. And if you can t find it, our Inter-Library Loan department is able to borrow resources from other libraries at no cost to you. We re passionate about helping you in your research, so we offer one-on-one research appointments and large group workshops to ensure that you know how to take advantage of all of the resources our library is able to offer.
12 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 8 Give us a call today at (919) or go online ( to learn how we can help you make your research better. Hours: Mon, Tues, Thurs. 7:00am-10:00pm Phone: (919) Wed 7:00am-6:00pm Fri 7:00am-5:00pm Sat 10:00am-5:00pm (Closed Sun) Health Center Southeastern offers an on-campus Health Center directed by a physician for students, faculty, and staff as well as their families. Students in good standing with the institution and their families may use the Health Center s general services without cost during regular office hours. Students may purchase general medicine, vaccines, and blood tests as prescribed by the campus physician. Insurance will be filed if applicable, but students without insurance are also accepted. Walk-ins are welcome, but the wait time is significantly decreased if students call ahead. Additionally, the Health Center offers other wellness services (for a minimal cost), such as dietary services, cholesterol and blood pressure screening, and foreign travel consultations and immunizations for mission trips. For these types of services, please call in advance to set an appointment. The Health Center is located within walking distance from campus on Rock Springs Road across from Wake Forest High School. If you have any questions about its services or desire to set an appointment, please call the number below. Hours: Tues 1:00pm-5:00pm Phone: (919) Thurs 8:00am-12:00pm Closed: Mon, Wed, Fri-Sun Counseling Services Students desiring to seek counseling may contact the Dean of Students Office for referral or direction to Southeastern s counseling professors or directors, who either conduct counseling sessions personally or recommend other counseling services. The Women s Life Office offers counseling for female students (refer to section in this handbook, Women s Life ). For more information regarding counseling services, please call the Dean of Students Office at (919) , or refer to the Directory in the back of this handbook for direct contact information. Auxiliary Ministries [The Share Shop & Manna Ministry] The Auxiliary Ministries are free ministries sponsored by the SEBTS Student Life Office, comprised of two components: The Share Shop and Manna Ministry. These ministries strive to carry out the Seminary's Mission Statement "Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission," by distributing donated items such as bread, clothing, and household necessities to current students, faculty, staff, and their dependents. The Sharing Shop clothing has ranges from casual to dressy with sizes from newborn to adult. Other items available are books, computers, and household items. Also, the Manna Ministry provides bread and bakery products which are provided free of charge. The Auxiliary Ministries are both located at 100/102 Hipps Drive (across Stadium Drive from campus and behind the Health Center/adjacent to Wake Forest High School).
13 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 9 Hours: Tues 5:00pm-9:00pm Phone: (919) Wed 11:00am-2:00pm Sat 9:00am-1:00pm Closed: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun A current SEBTS ID must be presented each time you shop. The donation area is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Volunteers make these ministries possible in the spirit of Phil. 2:4, Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. If you would like to donate items or volunteer, please call (919) For additional information, please contact the Student Life Office (919) Southeastern 1Card The Southeastern 1Card is the official identification card of Southeastern. Issued to students, faculty, and staff upon entering Southeastern, it is required for identification and access to essential campus services. It also offers a convenient account, Southeastern 1Card Cash, for making purchases on and around campus. Your Southeastern 1Card is your key to: Library (check out materials and make copies), Building Access (use your card for entry into certain buildings), and use of the Sharing Shop, Manna Ministry, and the Ledford Gymnasium, Recreational area, and Fitness Center. The card is valid during periods of continuous enrollment and becomes void when a student s enrollment terminates or is interrupted. I.D. cards are initially provided at no charge, but there is a $10 replacement fee. Replacements are made at the Front Desk located in the Ledford Student Center. Children and spouses of Southeastern students, faculty, and staff who plan to use the recreational facilities are required to obtain a dependent I.D. card which is available through The Locker, in the Ledford Student Center, at no charge (however, the same student ID replacement policy applies to dependents). Alumni may receive I.D. cards once Alumni status has been given through the Alumni office. The same student ID replacement policy applies to alumni.
14 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 10 STUDENT LIFE The Ledford Student Center is the focus of a comprehensive activities program which provides opportunities for all members of the Southeastern family. Specific activities areas are designed to promote physical health, social development, and personal growth, as well as fun and fellowship. Guidelines for the use of the Ledford Student Center can be found on the following page or by contacting the Ledford Student Center Supervisor at (919) Announcements of specific events and programs are communicated through various campus media. Ledford Student Center programs are coordinated through the Student Life Office (919) The Ledford Student Center The Ledford Student Center and its activities are expressions of Southeastern s commitment to the development of the whole person. This multipurpose facility was made possible by the generous gifts of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Ledford along with numerous contributions from friends and alumni as well as SBC funding. In combination with other recreation and activities facilities on campus, the Ledford Student Center provides numerous opportunities for social, physical, and personal development. The Student Center level, located off the main entrance of the Ledford Center, contains The Court Café, The Locker, the Mailroom/Copy Center, LifeWay, a conference room, and the Rec Area. The Southeastern family has designed policies to make the facilities conveniently accessible to maximize their use. In order to be as responsive as possible to the needs of the Southeastern community and to work within staffing and budget limitations, Southeastern reserves the right to alter schedules or policies as necessary. Intramural Sports Southeastern provides its students with a number of intramural sports. Some of these include Flag Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf, Futsal, Table Tennis, and Pool. Information about these sports and the Intramural Department can be found at: or by contacting the Student Life Office at (919) Facilities & Guidelines Cannon Gymnasium The gym is located on the upper level of the Ledford Student Center and provides a large area for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports and special events. Guidelines for using the gym are: 1.) Only rubber-soled court shoes may be worn in the gym. Shirts must be worn at all times. 2.) Dunking any ball is prohibited. 3.) Kicking or throwing balls against the gym walls is prohibited. 4.) Hanging from the basket supports, the baskets, or the nets is prohibited. 5.) Any abusive, profane, vulgar, or improper conduct is not permitted. 6.) All pick-up basketball and indoor games must be played cross-court, and must follow pick-up game rules posted in the gym. 7.) Food and drink other than water or sports drinks are not permitted in the gymnasium. Multi-Purpose Room The Multi-Purpose room, located on the upper level above the main entrance of the Ledford Student Center, provides a flexible setting for small or large gatherings. The room is equipped with a kitchen facility and movable tables and chairs. The Multi-Purpose Room and kitchen facility are available by reservation only and fees do apply. Specific uses and scheduling must be cleared with the Student Life Office in the Ledford Student Center. For more information, please contact the Student Life Office at (919)
15 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 11 Main Floor & Recreation Area The Rec Area is located on the main level of the Ledford Student Center, primarily for those who have an I.D. issued by Southeastern, offering a variety of entertainment equipment including ping-pong tables, pool tables, and an air hockey table. The main level of the Ledford Student Center also contains The Court Café, The Locker, LifeWay bookstore, Financial Aid, Student Employment Services, Student Life, and the Dean of Students Office. Guidelines for using the recreation area: A person must have a valid I.D. issued by Southeastern in order to use the recreation facilities. Any person under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or sibling 18 years of age or older with a valid I.D. No one under 16 may check out equipment. The recreation facilities will be open 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday during the fall and spring semesters. All break hours will be posted on the Around Southeastern blog prior to those breaks. Ledford Student Center hours are subject to change by the Student Life Office as needs and conditions may necessitate. Fitness Center The Fitness Center is located on the lower level of the Ledford Student Center. Facilities include a weight Room, a cardio room equipped with treadmills, ellipticals, and exercise bikes, racquetball courts, and men s and women s locker areas with showers. Guidelines for using the Fitness Center: A person must present a valid I.D. issued by Southeastern in order to use the Fitness Center. No one under 14 may use the Fitness Center. Children years of age may use the Fitness Center provided they have immediate adult supervision, a signed waiver, and a School I.D. Children under 16 may use the racquetball courts while playing with their parents. Reservations for racquetball courts are recommended but not required. When people are waiting to use the courts, players must leave the courts on the hour. Reservations will be held until ten minutes after the scheduled start. Guidelines for using the Lockers: Lockers are available for the limit of a patrons visit in the Ledford Center at no cost to the Ledford patron. To use a locker the patron must check out a key at the Front Desk. Personal locks may not be used on lockers unless the combination is given to the Student Life Office. No personal key locks are allowed. Failure to remove belongings from the locker may result in personal belongings being removed from the locker without prior notice and placed in the Share Shop. Activity Field The athletic field is located off West Avenue and behind the Southeastern duplexes on Judson Drive. The field provides a large playing area to accommodate football, softball, soccer, intramurals, picnics, and campus-wide events. The activity field is for use by members of the Southeastern community with the same check-in procedures as for the Fitness Center. Patrons must sign-in at the Front Desk in the Ledford Student Center. Those who are not members of that community and do not have explicit permission from the administration to use the field may be asked to leave. All parking for the activity field is behind Patterson Hall. Equipment Check-Out Procedure Any person wishing to check-out equipment from the Information Front Desk on the main floor must have a valid I.D. issued by Southeastern. Any abuse or misuse of the rooms or equipment by any participant may result in forfeiture of the privilege of continued use and repair costs may be charged to the student s account.
16 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 12 Regulations, Policies, & Procedures The recreation/activity facilities and all areas of the Ledford Student Center, including the Auxiliary Ministries, are provided for use by the Southeastern family. The Southeastern family are those who are currently enrolled students, faculty, staff, and their immediate families, as well as alumni and their immediate families. The Ledford Student Center will be closed during all chapel services and operate at different times during the semester and during breaks. Use of facility/activity field, and access to Auxiliary Ministry requires a valid school I.D. card issued by the Student Life Office. School I.D. cards are for faculty, staff, students, dependents, children, and alumni. Guests are permitted on the following basis: One must be 18 years of age to bring a guest. Southeastern faculty, staff, students, spouses, and alumni may have up to two guests each. Guests must be accompanied at all times, and sponsoring persons are responsible for the conduct of their guests. Guests must be registered at the Front Desk on the main floor prior to any use of the recreation/athletic facilities. Any person violating the Ledford Student Center guidelines may be asked to leave by a member of Student Life staff or Campus Security. School I.D. cards are valid for the use of facility, activity field, and Auxiliary Ministry 6 months after graduating. After that period of time an Alumni card will be needed. If a person has stopped taking classes, their school I.D. will be valid up to one year after their last class. After that time an Alumni card will be needed. To obtain a card from Alumni, their office is located on the third floor of Stealey Hall. Guidelines for Using the Patios/Entrances Patios and entrances are free-access areas. Any special uses requiring displays, equipment, or large gatherings must be approved and scheduled in advance through the Student Life Office. Events sponsored by Southeastern may have access to all facilities through prior arrangement with the Student Life Office. Requests for special uses by non-southeastern groups or organizations will be considered by the Ledford Center Supervisor. Specific fees to recover utilities, supervision, and maintenance expenses will be applicable. Southeastern-sponsored programs and activities will receive priority in any use of the facilities. No smoking is allowed in any area of the Ledford Student Center at any time. Modest attire is required in all areas of the buildings at all times. Behavioral standards described in this handbook are applicable to all individuals using recreation/activities facilities. Student Groups Purpose Student groups help encourage spiritual growth and promote fellowship for the seminary and college community. They also aid students to gain knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for ministry. Each student organization is committed to being a godly example of fellowship and love, to nurture and train members to be Christian examples in all that they do, and to follow the moral and ethical guidelines found in Scripture and as outlined in the Baptist Faith and Message and the SEBTS Student Handbook. Privileges Any student in good standing may seek to create a student group at Southeastern. Student groups must be formally recognized by both the Student Group Liaison and the Director of Student Life in order to function on campus. Upon formal recognition student groups will have the following privileges:
17 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 13 The ability to reserve and use appropriate campus facilities, Recognition in campus publications, The ability to request designated funds for student groups, and The use of Southeastern s name in connection with the student group and their activities. Expectations To receive and retain recognition, student groups are expected to demonstrate that their vision aligns with Southeastern s mission statement as well as all student policies. In addition, they must uphold the purpose of the Student Life Office and collaborate to best serve the students. Each student group or its members must not engage in or promote activities that are not consistent with Southeastern s purpose or policies, nor that serve to threaten Southeastern s public reputation. Any student group or members who violate this policy will jeopardize their relationship with Southeastern and may be subject to formal discipline and loss of privileges. Approval To receive formal approval, student groups must first pick up an application from the Student Group Liaison in the Student Life Office. After completing the application they must schedule an interview with the Director of Student Life and Student Group Liaison to demonstrate the following elements included in the formal proposal: Concise purpose and vision for the student group. Organizational structure including plans for officers, committees, and an advisor from Southeastern s faculty, staff or administration. Proposed budget for the academic year. Proposed calendar of major events for the academic year. Recognition Upon approval, and in order to maintain recognition, student groups must adhere to previously set standards. One Student Group representative (preferably the President or VP) and the faculty advisor must attend the mandatory annual informational meeting with the Director of Student Life and Student Group Liaison. (Reservation packets available at meeting.) Please come prepared with: Contact information for current leadership and proposed events (include dates, times, and locations). Budget requests for events, activities, and supplies. All student groups are required to assist the Student Life Office with a minimum of two of the following campus events: 1.) Campus Wide Cook Out, 2.) Coffee Houses, 3.) Chili Cook-Off, and 4.) Study Breaks. Renewal Requirements In order to request continued existence as a student group for the following academic year, each student group must reapply with the Student Group Liaison. Student groups may be asked to demonstrate to the Director of Student Life that they have met the following requirements: Upheld established policies and procedures for the previous year, Conducted business in a way that demonstrated a desire to reach their organizational purpose and mission, and Communicated any changes they would like to see take place the following year. Current Student Groups For current student groups please visit the website at
18 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 14 Guidelines for Student Publications The following guidelines apply to publications produced by recognized student groups: 1.) Student publications are limited to those officially produced by student groups that are formally recognized by Southeastern s administration. 2.) Student publications shall be consistent with the nature and purpose of the student group that produces the publication. 3.) Student publications are to be produced for the Southeastern family, so primary distribution shall be confined to seminary students, faculty, and administration. 4.) The name of the student group and the names of the publication s staff will be printed on each student publication. Sources of funding will be stated publicly or made available upon request. 5.) Student publications will not include materials that are obscene, libelous, racist, divisive, or disrespectful of any person. 6.) Articles and letters should be signed by the writer. Any unsigned material will be assumed to reflect the consensus of the publication s staff. Student Life Office Leadership Team Dr. Seth Bible, Director of Student Life (919) Lana McNair, Event Coordinator & Administrative Assistant to the Director of Student Life (919) Mike Parry, Ledford Center Supervisor & Student Group Liaison (919) Joel Gunn, Residence Life Supervisor (919) Cody Evans, Intramural Supervisors Student Life Office Assistant (919) (Main Office Line) Debbie Ladd, Auxiliary Ministries Coordinator
19 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 15 CHAPEL POLICIES Our chapel philosophy is that worship is at the heart of God s design for His children; chapel is at the heart of campus life at Southeastern. It is a time when college and seminary students, faculty, and staff come together for corporate worship of our great God and Savior. Chapel services are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00a.m. Occasionally, there are Wednesday chapel services as well. Chapel is an important component of spiritual life and discipline. Faithful attendance, even on those days when we might not be inclined to come, builds a wise Christian habit that will honor God and strengthen our walk with Christ. The goal of Southeastern s administration is to foster a spirit of worship and instruction through prayer, Scripture reading, singing, and faithful exposition of the Bible. All students are expected to attend chapel in accordance with chapel polices as stated in the Student Handbook and of which were willfully agreed to in the signing of the Southeastern Covenant. Who is required to attend? 1.) Undergraduate students (including Distance Learning students): 6 total semesters of enrollment 2.) Graduate students (including Distance Learning students): 4 total semesters of enrollment (two semesters for seminary students who have already graduated from Who is exempt from chapel requirements? 1.) Advanced degree students (ThM, DMin, EdD, and PhD) 2.) Certificate students 3.) Biblical Women s Institute students 4.) Associate of Arts students 5.) High school students 6.) Non-degree seeking, credit only, students What is an ideal level of participation in chapel each semester? While full chapel attendance is required for our students, we recognize that circumstances and situations beyond our control can occasionally preclude full attendance. Thus, the following guidelines should work as a standard that demonstrates a student s attempt to fulfill the spirit of the requirement and honor both the Lord and the Covenant that each student enters when he or she attends either the College at Southeastern or Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Attendance Requirements Attending in person 20 Chapels per semester: On-campus students are expected to attend chapel in person. If you are an on-campus student with extenuating circumstances, you may set up an appointment with the Dean of Students or another Student Services Division Official to request permission to listen to chapel messages online. You may do this through the Dean of Students Office ( , Listening online 25 Chapels per semester: This expectation applies to Distance Learning and Commuting Students, if applicable (note: Commuting Students must first secure permission from the Dean of Students or a Student Services Official). The additional five chapels required for listening online serves as a function of having to make the total time equal to that of those who attend the full hour of chapels on campus. The online chapel downloads are less time (usually anywhere from minutes); as such, more of them are needed to make the chapel requirements equal.
20 SEBTS Student Handbook Page 16 Our desire is for as many students to gather, as much as possible, for corporate worship. Therefore, we ask that you make every attempt to order your schedule in a way to adhere to the requirement in person. If your schedule throughout your time as a student does not allow for in-person attendance, you do have the option to listen to chapel services online. However, unless you are considered a Distance Learning student, you must secure permission to listen to chapels online from the Dean of Students or a Student Services Division Official. You may secure an appointment to discuss this through the Dean of Students Office ( , Listening Online 1.) Go to 2.) Under the Resources tab, click Chapel. 3.) Click the link Click here to stream live chapel messages, OR 4.) Click the link Click here to watch or listen to past messages. 5.) Click on the desired chapel Push Play! Questions? What if I have chapel attendance-related questions? Please contact the Dean of Students Office. Dean of Students Office Ste 117, Ledford Student Center (919)
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