GPS Student Community Life
The School of Graduate & Professional Studies (GPS) oversees the administration of programs for adult non-traditional learners in associate’s, bachelor’s, and select master’s level programs. GPS is committed to providing student-centered care in admissions, advising, and responding to student needs throughout the educational experience personalized for working professionals.
Information regarding Community Expectations for students enrolled in the Adult Professional Studies Program and Graduate Studies can be found in the specific program Student Handbooks.
OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION THROUGH ASBURY UNIVERSITY EMAIL ACCOUNT
Asbury email is the official means of communication between students, office representatives, and faculty at Asbury University. An Asbury email account will be created for all students. The required log in identifies communications as being from the student. Students are responsible for reviewing and responding to emails in a timely manner. Students should pay close attention to email from the representatives of the offices of registrar, financial aid, or student accounts; these are often time sensitive.
Adult Professional Studies (APS) Advising Center
The APS Advising Center provides a contact point and is an additional resource for adult learners in the GPS program both on campus and online. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) exists to support students across all academic disciplines. Online students in the APS program and graduate students are offered free academic support through the CAE—Writing Center, Tutoring Services, Disability Services. Students can request tutoring and other academic support services at any time during a semester through the CAE website, asbury.edu/academics/cae or by emailing email@example.com.Contact the CAE office, ext. 2196, or your program office for details.
Center for Career and Calling
The Center for Career and Calling offers the following resources for GPS students:
Online Job Postings—Access to the online internship and job board at www.asbury.edu/career (postings from employers specifically interested in candidates from Asbury)
Career Resources and Job Preparation—OptimalResume online career resources (resume writing, interview practice, etc.) on our website
One-on-one Consultation—Free one-time consultation throughout the academic year with a Career and Calling staff member (by appointment only) in person, by phone or by Skype.
Career Tools—Career assessment costs: MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory $12 at all times, StrengthsFinder $10 at all times.
Center for Counseling
The Center for Counseling endeavors to equip and encourage Asbury University students toward greater personal and community health. Center staff is encouraged to take an active collaborative stance with fellow community agents to build on existing strengths and modify obstacles to student and community mental health. The Center for Counseling fulfills a vital role in developing the God-given potential of students who are a part of the GPS community by providing a broad range of professional psychological services. A variety of services are also provided in classrooms and administrative meetings. Integrating psychological practice with Christ-centered principles, the office seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service. Services are provided for $50 per session (no insurance required) to students who are currently enrolled. Go to asbury.edu/counseling or call ext. 2323 for additional information.
The Asbury University Student Complaint Policy (SCP) is available to students who request to have a concern resolved about a person or process of the University community not covered by existing policies, such as the grading policy, residency policy, student code of conduct policy, sexual harassment policy, etc. The objective of the Asbury University Student Complaint Policy is to resolve concerns as quickly and efficiently as possible at the level closest to the student.
Occasionally, a student will encounter a problem on campus that he or she does not know how to resolve. When this happens, the student should always try to work out the problem by first discussing it with those most appropriately involved with the issue, whether it is faculty, staff member or another student. Dealing with concerns in the most direct and honest fashion should always be the first step toward resolution. Based on the Matthew 18 principle encouraging believers to first go to each other and work out an issue, it is the hope that most issues and complaints could be amicably resolved through a process of discussion and negotiation.
Formal Complaint Process
If the complainant is not satisfied or not willing to address the issue with the individual, a formal process may be initiated. All formal complaints must be in writing using the official Asbury University Student Complaint Form, which is available online and in the Office of Student Development. Complaints should be filed during the semester of occurrence but no later than 30 days after the date of the incident. Process and procedures for the complaint resolution are available in the Office of Student Development, or online at asbury.edu/complaint-policy, or email DeanofStudents@asbury.edu.
Disability Services provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Students in the Disability Services Program (DSP) are granted eligibility for accommodations on a case-by-case basis. Students in the DSP must complete the same course requirements as all students; accommodations will not interfere with the fundamental objectives of the course.
At the post-secondary level, students who wish to receive academic accommodations must self-identify/report their disability to Disability Services. While a student may self-identify to his or her professor, it is important that the student self-identify to Disability Services. The student should contact the Disability Services Coordinator for information about services. firstname.lastname@example.org
Disability information will remain confidential. Any information the student provides the professor is to be used solely and specifically for arranging reasonable accommodations for the course.
Students with physical limitations needing accommodations can be successful at Asbury University. Students with physical disabilities who are considering attending the University must contact the Vice President of Student Development/Dean of Students (ext. 2116) to discuss their situation and accommodation needs.
The University has a limited amount of housing for APS and graduate students. Contact the Office of Community Life (ext. 2322) at the earliest possible date, as there may be a wait list.
The intramural program is open to all Asbury University students, alumni, faculty, and staff. A variety of sports, activities, and special events are available throughout the year. Visit asbury.edu/intramurals for more information.
International Student Support
International students meet regularly with the staff to answer questions regarding their student visa status and to ensure that they are maintaining compliance with U.S. regulations regarding international student study in the U.S. Individual support that is responsive to the specific needs of each international student is also provided to assist her or him in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to grow and develop personally and to be academically successful at the University. Go to asbury.edu/intercultural or call ext. 2314 for additional information.
Student Health Services
The University maintains a well-equipped health center on the Wilmore campus with a competent staff of experienced registered nurses and a part-time physician. The Health Service is open 35 hours per week during the traditional academic year and offers local GPS students visits to the nurse or doctor on a fee-per-service basis. Since the Health Service does not participate with or bill any insurance, payment is due at the time of service. Call ext. 2277 for an appointment or additional information.
2015-16 Bulletin 07/30/2015